Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Schumpeter Michel Foucault’s lessons for business, The Economist, Jun 21st 2018 Forget McKinsey. A Gallic intellectual is the key to controlling how companies are perceived NOT many businesspeople study post-war French philosophy, but they could certainly learn from it. Michel Foucault, who died in 1984, argued that how you structure information is a source of …

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Connor Richards: Demonstrating Politics Through Music – Daily Utah Chronicle, November 17, 2017 Extract The tradition of using music to make social commentary is being kept alive by American post-metal band ISIS. Post-metal, as a genre, is described by ISIS frontman and lyricist Aaron Turner as being a “thinking man’s metal.” The 2004 album Panopticon …

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“What Do You Want Me to Regret?”: An Interview with François Ewald Johannes Boehme interviews François Ewald, Los Angeles Review of Books, 3 November 2017 NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED, in 1968, that François Ewald would one day receive the French state’s highest order for civil merit. At the time he was a young, ambitious, and …

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Elaine Blair, Chris Kraus, Female Antihero, The New Yorker, November 21, 2016 She turned her failures as a filmmaker and in her romantic relationships into the boundary-breaking autobiographical novel “I Love Dick.” […] “I Love Dick,” Kraus’s first book, was published in 1997 by the independent press Semiotext(e) and received little notice. Semiotext(e), founded in …

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William Davies, What Is “Neo” About Neoliberalism?, New Republic, July 13, 2017 How to tell the difference between liberalism and something else. In the buildup to the 2015 General Election, Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), reiterated his support for an “Australian-style points system” as a means of controlling immigration, the policy …

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Sam Leith, In our Google era, indexers are the unsung heroes of the publishing world, The Guardian, Thursday 30 March 2017 […] Today, the Society of Indexers – the industry body for those professionals (for which, full disclosure, I have the honour to be honorary president) – turns 60 years old. It celebrates its “anniversary, …

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Colin Koopman, The power thinker, Aeon, 15 March 2017 Original, painstaking, sometimes frustrating and often dazzling. Foucault’s work on power matters now more than ever Imagine you are asked to compose an ultra-short history of philosophy. Perhaps you’ve been challenged to squeeze the impossibly sprawling diversity of philosophy itself into just a few tweets. You …

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Ron Purser and Edwin Ng, Cutting Through the Corporate Mindfulness Hype, Part One Huffington Post, March 22, 2016 Extract Michel Foucault made an astute observation: “You know the difference between a real science and a pseudoscience? A real science recognizes and accepts its own history without feeling attacked.” Hopefully, management science scholar-practitioners promoting corporate mindfulness …

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